march 4 - March 4 Government key terms: filibuster, veto,...

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March 4 Government key terms: filibuster, veto, the paradox of Congress, logrolling, pork barrel, rider, African drought bill (1984), Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2005, NAFTA (1993) How a Bill Becomes a Law. .. few bills become laws (only about 5-10%). the ones that pass tend to have certain characteristics: formed by the local orientation of members of Congress A bill is assigned to a committee or to several committees, and this is where most bills die. The chairpeople of committees (and sub-committee chairs) are very powerful in the Senate; less powerful in the House. each committee and sub-committee has a majority of the majority party (Democrats right now, for example) come out of committees → go to the floor rules committee is very powerful (allies of the Speaker of the House). .. controls the agenda whether the bill gets out or not, as well as the order whether the bill can be amended, and if so, what kind of amendments germane? The Senate has no rules committee. Therefore, a filibuster is possible in the Senate but not in the House. filibuster = very long-term debate, not necessarily on the topic of the bill, designed to allow the minority to obstruct the majority unique to the United States; we are the only country in the world that allows the minority to bring the government to a halt has nothing to do with the Constitution in 1806, people in the Senate were cleaning up some rules to make the Senate more efficient,
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This note was uploaded on 04/08/2009 for the course GOV 310L taught by Professor Kieth during the Spring '07 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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